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Gratitude: Team Australia

Photo credit: Australian Sports Commission

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m lucky to live in Australia.

Less than 3 weeks ago, we had more than a hundred new cases of COVID-19 a day. Today, we are in the single digits across a nation of 25 million people. And that’s thanks to the efforts of everyone here in Australia.

At the end of March, the University of Sydney modelled the spread of COVID-19 in Australia in an effort to understand how to arrest that spread. It found that the spread of this disease could be stopped in 13 weeks if 80% of Australians practiced social distancing.

A week ago, a survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that a whopping 98% of Australians are practicing social distancing, with 88% of us avoiding public spaces and events. It is thanks to these efforts that we have slowed and almost stopped the spread of COVID-19 in Australia.

We are starting to reap the benefits of our early isolation. Already, some states are relaxing the restrictions. Western Australia is allowing groups of up to ten people to meet. Queenslanders will be able to travel up to 50km from home, shop for non-essential items, and go to parks for picnics and recreation – not just for exercise. I’m looking forward to when we start to relax our restrictions. Hopefully we won’t experience the dreaded second wave of infections as a result.

Today, I’m grateful that all Australians embraced social distancing guidelines, and got us to this point of drastically fewer new COVID-19 cases every day.

What are you grateful for?

This post was inspired by Discover Prompts, Day 27: Team.

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